The last century’s convulsive societal changes have given women
of many countries a greater opportunity for independence than ever before
in recorded history. For others, the twentieth century offered little
relief from age-old repression. But avenues of communication –
person-to-person, nation-to-nation – have exploded in the last
few years into a stream that carries information from place to place
like a flood tide, inexorably connecting us to one another, diminishing
our differences, increasing our understanding, and establishing new
avenues of political, social, and artistic discourses. Thus, Claudia
DeMonte, artist and world traveler, was able to pose the question “What
image represents WOMAN? ” to women artists in one hundred and
seventy-seven countries, inviting each one of them to create a work
of art that expressed her views of the essential qualities of woman
and to assemble their work in a historically unique exhibition.
DeMonte sees the project as a means to show the differences in how art
is made and perceived. The project has achieved its goal, but there
is another unforeseen and joyous effect of the accumulation of images.
In Women of the World, the visionary and the everyday come
together to render a global image of the female, circa 2000. Traditional
art in ancient media gleefully joins with multimedia constructions that
sing of glow. Individually superb, these works of art make an aggregate
statement about the continuity of women’s accomplishment. Women
of the World is an affirmation of the survival of the will of commonality
that subsumes difference, of courage under fire, and of grace in adversity.
It is a powerful and moving expression of self from people whose voices
have rarely been heard.
artist in the exhibition donated their work to be auctioned off at the
end of the exhibition tour to raise money to help other women. However,
in order to keep the exhibit as a whole, Richard Colton, a New Orleans
businessman and art collector, made a donation in the name of all the
women artists in the exhibition to the New York Women's Foundation.
He plans to donate the collection to the International Museum of Women,
which will permanently house the exhibition.
White Columns,N.Y.C. June 9-July 15, 2000
Flint Institute, Michigan September -Nov.2000
University of Maryland March 2001
Stockholm Sweden Dec.-March, 2001
University of New England,Me. July 24- Aug 18, 2001
Tucson Museum, Arizona Sept. 8-Nov. 4th, 2001
Women’s Art Gallery,Ohio April 5th-June 7th,2002
Museum of the Southwest,Tx. Sept. 5-Oct. 27th, 2002
Inrternational Museum of Women,SF March 8-May 31, 2003
Mobile Museum, Alabama July 25-Sept. 28, 2003
Brenau University,Ga. Oct. 20th-Dec. 5rd,2003
Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia Jan 23-Feb 22, 2004
Akureyri Museum, Iceland March/ 13th-May 8th 2004
Gerduburg Cultural Ctr, Rejkavik May 15th- July 1,2004
World Financial Center,N.Y. Jan 11-Feb 15, 2005
Womens Museum,Dallas March, 2005
New Orleans Contemporary Art Center April 16th-June 19th,
Simmons College,Boston October 2005
Legion Arts, Iowa Nov. 2005 - Jan. 2006
Chicago Cultural Center Sept. - Oct. 2006
Tokyo Nov. 13, 2006
City Hall, Amman, Jordan Jan 15 - Feb 2007
Acadia Art Center, Lafeytte, La. March 10 - April 30th,
Villa Saugy, Geneva, Switzerland Sept. - Oct. 2007
White Columns, N.Y.
Flint Institute of Art, Michigan
Tucson Museum, Arizona
Center for Women’s Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
University of New England
University of Maryland
Career Women of Achievement,YWCA, Cincinnati, Ohio
Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
International Museum of Women, S.F., Ca.
Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama
Brenau University, Gainseville, Georgia
Art Academy, Tallinn, Estonia
Salem College, N.C.
Akureyri Museum, Iceland
Gerduberg Cultural Center, Reykjavik, Iceland
Merrill Lynch, New York City
LGBT, Merrill Lynch, N.Y.C.
Women’s Museum, Dallas, Texas
Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans
Simmons College, Boston Ma.
Chicago Cultural Center
Merrill Lynch, Tokyo, Japan
Temple University, Tokyo, Japan
City Hall, Amman, Jordan
Seeds for Peace, Amman, Jordan
International Women’s Forum, Amman, Jordan
Haya Cultural Center, Amman, Jordan
Villa Saugy, Genthod, Geneva, Switzerland